Matt Campbell's Carpetball Rules
General Procedure of Play
- Agree with all players on a set of rules to follow, but keep the
rules simple, flexible and fun.
- Let both challengers line up 5 balls in the little rectangle formed
at their end of the table by the walls, the marker line, and the pit.
They may line up less than, but no more than, 5 balls. They may position
their balls in any way they choose, provided that all the balls remain
inside the little rectangle.
- Let one player throw (slide, roll, etc) the cue ball (the white billiard
ball) and attempt to knock his or her opponent's balls outside of the
little rectangle by hitting them.
- Let the other player throw the opposite direction with the same intent.
- Let play continue in this fashion until one player manages to hit
all their opponent's balls out of the little rectangle.
- Let the player whose balls were just hit out have one more throw to
hit his or her opponent's balls out of the little rectangle (regardless
of who threw first at the beginning of the game).
- If the said player fails to hit the remaining balls out of the little
rectangle, they loose. Go to instruction number 11.
- If the said player manages to hit the remaining balls out of his or
her opponent's the little rectangle, each player lines up two balls
on their side and there is a standoff, played the same way as above.
The player who ends the round with the cue ball must to throw first
in the standoff round.
- If there is yet another tie, the players start over at instruction
- If one player manages to hit all their opponent's balls out of the
little rectangle, they are declared the winner of the round.
- Let the winning player stay at his or her end of the table for the
next round, and let the next person in line, the challenger, step up
to play. The new challenger always gets the first throw in the new round.
If's, Just In Cases, and Specifics
- Once a ball has been hit into the pit, it cannot be taken out and
must remain there for the duration of the round. If a ball is hit over
the marker line, it must be removed and placed in the pit. If a ball
moves to another position within the little rectangle because it is
hit by a billiard ball, it must remain where it stops.
- If a ball, for whatever reason, rolls into the pit, it must remain
there for the duration of the round. If a ball, for whatever reason,
rolls in front of the marker line, must be removed and placed in the
pit. If a ball, for whatever reason other than intentional moving, rolls
to another position within the little rectangle, it remain where it
- A player may not intentionally move a ball within their little rectangle
once a round has begun. If a player does this, they must place their
ball back where it was originally. A player may, however, pick up a
ball from the little rectangle and place it within his or her own pit.
Once a player has removed a ball in this way, though, the ball must
remain in the pit for the remainder of the round.
- If for any reason a ball flies out of the table, aside from player
or spectator interference, the player having thrown the cue ball must
remove a ball of their choice from their side and place it in the pit.
This is called a "One Ball Penalty."
- If, for whatever reason, a player throws the cue ball and it fails
to reach his or her opponent's end of the table, he or she is not allowed
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